Sunday, July 31, 2005

Some comments on the Wilfred Hathway case.

From The CBC News, July 27, 2005

“It's a legal rarity. ­ a Saskatoon man accused of murdering his landlord wants the evidence against him made public before his case goes to trial.”

This would not come as a surprise to anyone who has a past knowledge of Saskatchewan Justice. Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench has a documented history of wrongful convictions, secret courts and cooked up court orders. The list of injustice in Saskatoon is longer then the arm of any criminals record who had the misfortune to find themselves in a Saskatchewan court room Is it any wonder that Wilfred Gordon Hathway would be demanding to have the public informed in a democratic country that the media be allowed to protect freedom of speech by reporting on his court proceeding. Mr Hathway has a right to have his court proceeding conducted in an open court, there is no justification for his preliminary hearing to be held in a secret court. Mr Hathway is asking the court to protect his charter rights, he does not want to be the next victim of Saskatchewan justice. An innocent man demanding justice and the protection of his Charter Rights should not be a legal rarity in Canada. No one, considered to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law should ever find themselves in a Canadian court room yelling "Everyone's here because of me and I can't say a damn thing. Nothing," or demanding his Charter Rights like Mr Hathway is having to do.

Mr Hathway asking for the evidence against him to be made public is not the only rarity in the proceedings. His lawyer, Robert Borden, has been very vocal in his efforts to protect Mr Hathway’s rights to a fair trial. Mr Borden’s remarks as reported in the StarPhoenix: "There seems to be an order here, there and everywhere prohibiting the media and prohibiting the accused and others from disseminating any information. I can't tell you very much, other than what you've read in the newspaper (Tuesday) morning," he said. "This is a situation where we have to be tight lipped about everything," Borden added. "We live in a democratic society, a constitutional society, and we like to see information disseminated as much as possible so that people can talk about the case, witnesses can come forth and we can all get a better understanding in the sense of what's right and just”. "We just cannot have secrecy. We cannot have a situation where we're afraid to talk to each other about cases. My God, didn't that happen in the Klassen-Kvello case? Didn't it happen in the Martensville case? Didn't it happen in Milgaard?" Borden added. "This has got to stop and I hope it stops with this case, because it certainly didn't stop with those others." "If the police had evidence against my client in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002, why didn't they charge him then?" said Borden. "What was it that happened in 2003 and 2004 that led to these charges?". "When you don't have any evidence against somebody what do you do? You try to extort a confession, force a confession, use coercion and threats. I'm not sure that's what we should do in a democratic society,"
If a lawyer had the balls to speak up as Mr Borden is doing the victims of the satanic child abuse cases would not have been left to have their cases heard only by puppet judges out to cover-up and protect the court and Saskatchewan Justice from embarrassment and public scrutiny.

These people were left to be represented only by lawyers who saw an opportunity to make some money and advance their careers because other lawyers were afraid of reprisals from the likes of Justice Hrabinsky, Dovell, G. A. Smith and Saskatchewan justice if they dared to question or expose the political and judicial cover-up in the Ross, Ross and White and the Klassen/Kvello cases and the resulting continuation of destroying the lives of innocent people to protect the actions of Christian extremists and the NDP coalition church at work gang. Watch your back Mr Borden, remember what happened to John and Johanna Lucas.

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